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Antique Tibetan hand painted Torma Trunk C100-A9

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Tibetan torma trunk with offering bowl Buddhsit symbols
antique tibetan chest with lotus blossoms on side
left side
top view Tibetan chest with lotus and Ashoka blossom pheasant
right side Tibetan painted trunk with lotus blossom
right side

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All painted surfaces of this antique Tibetan Buddhist torma trunk are striking, with excellent fine line detail complimenting the stunning renderings of Tibetan Buddhist symbols. The front border of flowers is comprised of blue and red Chrysanthemums, it surrounds the front's rendering of a grand offering bowl filled with Cintamani and two sets of elephant tusks. Below the offerin bowl are leapord skins covered with fine cloth. The sky is filled with cumulus clouds with subtle energy that the practitioner will posses. The sides feature a pink lotus blossom that is blooming well above materialism as represented by the turbulent waters. The top has a well depicted pheasant. Please take time to read the iconography to get an understanding of the richness of karmic thought that comes with this trunk. The handles on the sides and the lid's closure are brass. The copper cladding on the corners is a late 20th century addition. The back has brass hinges that have propensity to break if the trunk is not opened with care. . The trunk has been cleaned as it had a layer of soot and wax on it which obscured the painting detail, after cleaning the painted parts were coated with a clear acrylic enamel to protect the painted surfaces. This trunk comes with a brush-signed Certificate of Authenticity signed by one of the monks at the Senge Monastery. There is also a map of the area, along with images of the lama that blessed it.

Material: Oil pine & JUNIPER
Dimensions: W=19.75" H=15.5" D=10"
Age: mid-late 1800s

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Torma Trunk C100-A9 Price $789.00 plus crating and shipping = WEST COAST $88 ~ MTN $97 ~ MIDWEST = $102 ~ EAST COAST= $113. Contact David for a quote to other destinations.


The front is bordered with red and blue Chrysanthemums. The chrysanthemum symbolizes autumn and the gathering of the harvest. In this case, it is a metaphor for achieving the goal of enlightenment and its accompanying peace. The blue represents compassion. Red is the transmutation of passion into compassion.

The center of the front has an offering bowl; this can be distinguished from an alms bowl by the ornate design and the extended base. Offering bowls are not something that the practitioner is offering to the deities, but rather what the practitioner wants to acquire. Inside of the offering bowl is a stack of Cintamani, with the top jewel surrounded with flames making it the Precious 8-faceted jewel of Chakravartin. Flanking the cintamni are two sets of elephant tusks, which by extension represent the entire elephant and again this is a precious possession of Chakravartin. One one side of the offering bowl is bilva fruit and on the other side is red coral. Below the bowl are two leopard skins covered in precious cloth; the sky is filled with cumulus clouds and in the background is the rays of subtle energy.

Each side has a loltus blossom blooming well above the waters. One of the things that distiquishes lotus blossoms from other water borne blossoms is that the lotus blooms well above the water. The growth of the lotus, with its roots in mud, growing through water, and emerging as a wonderful plant above the water's surface, is seen as an analogy of the soul’s path from the mud of materialism to the purity of enlightenment. The handles on the sides are bats; they were designed to be used in the flying up position so the handle would not bang against the painted sides. However the called for depiction of bats in Tibetan symbology is in the down position, it is in this position that they deliver all of their blessings.

The top has a pheasant sitting on a lutus throne with an Ashoka bloosom in front of it and a lotus blossom behind it. The background is filled with durva grass, one of the Eight Bringers of Good Fortune.

It is suggested that you purchase the book Symbolism in Tibetan Buddhist Art through your local bookstore or online to understand the deep richness of all of the symbols on this beautiful trunk. Hardcover, paperback and ebooks are available.

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